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Sri Lanka tourism industry begins to recover after attacks, election is next hurdle

09 Aug 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's tourism industry, badly hurt by Easter day bombings, is showing signs of gradual recovery, industry executives say, although a national election later this year is likely to weigh on holiday season arrivals.

Sri Lanka raises stink over waste consignments from Britain

25 Jul 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka has ordered the return of 213 containers of waste from Britain after finding, plastic and biological waste including suspected human body parts in the shipments, government officials said on Thursday.

Sri Lanka police chief, ex-defence secretary released on bail in Easter attacks case

09 Jul 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's police chief and former defence secretary were released on bail on Tuesday, a week after they were arrested over allegations that they failed to prevent the Easter Day bomb attacks that killed more than 250 people.

Sri Lanka's top court delays first executions in 43 years

05 Jul 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has delayed the death penalty for four people convicted on drug-related offences, one of their lawyers said on Friday, in what would have been the first executions in 43 years.

Sri Lanka police chief, ex-defence secretary held on remand over Easter bomb attack failings

03 Jul 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's police chief and former defence secretary were remanded in custody on Wednesday over allegations that they failed to prevent the Easter Day bomb attacks that killed more than 250 people, a police spokesman said.

Sri Lanka police chief, ex-defence secretary arrested over bombings

02 Jul 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lankan police on Tuesday arrested their own chief and the former defence secretary for failing to prevent attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed more than 250 people in April, a police spokesman said.

Sri Lanka picks two hangmen for first prisoner executions since 1970s

28 Jun 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka has hired two hangmen as it prepares for executions of four prisoners convicted of drug offences in what would be the country's first use of the death penalty for over 40 years, prison authorities said on Friday.

Sri Lanka reinstates death penalty for drug crimes ahead of polls

26 Jun 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's president on Wednesday signed death sentences for four people convicted of drug-related offences in a decision analysts said is aimed at boosting his chances of re-election later this year.

Rooms 50% off and ads in Russia: Sri Lanka woos tourists after attacks

10 Jun 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's battered tourism industry is trying to woo visitors back to beaches deserted after deadly Easter bombings, slashing hotel rates and pushing promotions in key markets like Russia.

India's Modi visits bombed Sri Lanka church, vows support after attacks

09 Jun 2019

COLOMBO Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday honoured those killed by Islamist militants in Sri Lanka's Easter bombings, vowing support for the island nation as Delhi seeks to counter the rise of China in the region.

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